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July 9, 2019 Laurie Ceesay Landree - Artsy Chick Quilts Portrait Trunk Show - www.laurieceesay.com
July 10, 2019 Workshop Laurie Ceesay Landree-Bella Line Drawing Style Portrait Quilt Wall Hanging
August 13, 2019 Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts will share her "Playful Color Theory". Modern Designs, Classic Inspiration, Playful Color
August 14, 2019 Workshop Rebecca Bryan: Murmuration, A Playful Color Theory Workshop
September 10,2019 RQG School House
Here’s the full slate of teachers for School House in September:
- Rosemary Sanza – Demonstrating the technique for making a Cynthia England design/pattern. Sharing her personal tips.
- Nancy Sturgeon – Glue basting and joining binding together.
- Celeste Akre – Inverted miter in binding, which is used for curved edges, scalloped edges, etc.
- Lisa Klingbeil – Make your own Fabric: Lisa will demonstrate how to collage bits and pieces of silk, cotton and other fabrics, then use decorative stitches and fancy fibers to hold everything in place. Your artwork can then be featured in a frame, hoop, bag or pouch
October 15, 2019 Tracy Husch-Lissak
Tracy made her first quilt in 2003, and was instantly hooked! She made 12 quilts that year. In 2009 Kept In Stitches was born. She loves working with clients to create what they envision. She creates mostly custom t-shirt, memory, baby, photo, and patchwork quilts. Along with creating quilts she also quilts for others, typically all-over design and handed guided work. Tracy is a member of Riverwalk Quilters Guild and lives in Naperville.
November 12, 2019 Gudrun Erla
Stripology Mixology – Put your stash to work
Gudrun Erla is the designer and owner of GE Designs. She was born and raised in Iceland, and started quilting at age 23. She moved to Minnesota in 2003, and started designing full time and publishing patterns and books. She likes to take traditional ideas and put a bit of a modern spin on them. Her patterns are geared toward today’s quilt makers, easy and innovative with a modern touch. She has written 21 books, and her patterns have been published in all the major magazines. She is the designer of the Stripology rulers. She teaches and lectures both nationally and internationally, and escorts quilting tours to Iceland and other destinations.
November 13, 2019 Workshop w/Gudrun Erla
Glacial Ice & Halldora, from “Quilts of Iceland”
Thimbles, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
December 10, 2019 Heidi Parkes
My Quilts and how I got there
Heidi was born in Chicago and was welcomed with a collaborative family quilt that her grandmother organized. She is a fiber artist, focused on quilts and mending. Her art explores the concepts of place, relationships, and memory. Some common themes in her art are those of mapping, memory, and color field work. She pieces and quilts in an improvisational style. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and taught high school art in Naperville for 9 years. She now lives in Milwaukee. When she is not lecturing and leading workshops across the country, she collaborates with her father to make her own furniture, is an enthusiastic fermenter, certified yoga therapist, and uses her own hand-thrown pottery daily.
January 14, 2020 Rummage Sale & Party
February 11, 2020 Kathy Herbach
Kathleen Herbach has been quilting since 1993 when her mother introduced it to her and started a foundation flip and sew block. She was hooked and started watching Simply Quilts and other shows for inspiration and techniques. She has sailed on a quilting cruise and taken two trips to Japan to study (and purchase fabric). She has taught at Pieceful Hearts, Prairie Shop Quilts and Quilters Quest. She has been a member of Riverwalk Quilters Guild since 2004.
March 10, 2020 Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio
Topic for the meeting will be Our Quilting Journey and Yours. Surrounding yourself with inspiration from a variety of sources and learning to develop one's unique talents to broaden our quilting art form will be discussed. Weeks and Bill are pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement. Modern Quilt Studio publishes magazine Modern Quilts Illustrated, and they have authored six quilting books. Weeks and Bill's work have been featured international magazines including O:Oprah Magazine,TIME, Country Living and other periodicals.
March 14, 2020 Workshop with Weeks Ringle
Understanding Value and Piecing Curves
In this workshop Weeks will be teaching how to design and draft templates, cut precisely and sew inset curves. Modern Quilt Studio original Eclipse design will be taught: the Eclipse design can be downloaded from https://www.modernquiltstudio.com/modt/uploads/2018/05/Eclip
The Workshop will be held at Thimbles Quilt Shop 940 S State St, Lockport IL 60441, 9:30AM - 3:30 PM.
Cost of the workshop is: Riverwalk Quilt Guild members - $60, non-members - $70.
Come quilt and have fun learning to incorporate curves in your designs!
April 14, 2020 Philanthropy Sew In - CANCELLED
May 12, 2020 Celeste and Susan Akre
details to follow
June 9, 2020 Natalie Santini of Sew Hungry Hippie
Natalie Santini’s presentation will be “Sew Empowered”. She will discuss finding your creative authenticity and going for it, in response to the most often asked question she receives – how to create with abandon and have it turn out nicely. She will have samples of risk-taking items she’s made, showing how growth happens with the risks. There will be a slide presentation with interactive elements, plus a live demo.
Check her out at www.sewhungryhippie.com and www.hungryhippiesews.com.
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Important: Some lectures may look the same on paper, but each presenter is unique in their approach, artistic and teaching style, tips, tricks, and space-solving approaches. Learn something whatever your style, ability level and interest to apply to your own projects. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from some recognized talents coming to our own backyard.